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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

How to Make a Halloween Witch

A bridal gown was my inspiration to make a witch for my Halloween decor.  I came across a  bridal gown when we were in east Texas Labor Day weekend.   It was in pretty bad shape..stains, torn spots, but I thought I could use it for a Halloween witch's dress if I dyed it black.    It was well worth the $3 price tag.

I put the black bridal gown on a dress form and found a head that wasn't too scary....I'm more of a romantic Halloween decorator!
I bought her some hair at the Dollar Store....It took 5 pieces to make her hair full.  (I just hand stitched  them to the edge of her witches hat)
When you are dying synthetic material you never know what you're going to get...lol!   Some of it is a shimmery grey, some is a dark black....all in all I am very pleased with the way it turned out.   I found her some "cute" witches shoes too!
I added a trick or treat banner to the existing fall mantle...found a kind of creepy doll head, replaced some of the pink pumpkins with black sparkly ones.... and the last photo is my new Dr's bag that I found at Canton.    

Here is how the dress looked when I bought it.....

H put it in a big "cauldron"  bucket to dye it.  The gown kept floating to the top so he put a rock and a brick on it to hold it down in the dye.  It took two bottles of Rit dye to get good coverage on such a big piece. 

H hung the gown on a tall tree branch to drip dry.  You can see in the sunlight all the beautiful shades of black that the gown turned when it was dyed.

I put her in front of the fireplace to take the pictures....but this is not where she is going to stay!

Til next time......



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29 comments:

  1. She is an AMAZING witch. Beloved and Beguiling- xo Diana

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  2. She is adorable Penny!... love her dress and her face looks quite pretty... a nice witch, of course!... xoxo Julie Marie

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  3. Wow, that is creepy!! She definitely looks real and sure stands out against all your lovely pink and white! Great job!
    Jenna

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  4. I can see all of us running to the thrift story looking for wedding gowns, to imatate your thrifty idea.
    Mary

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  5. Your witch is extrodinary, I absolutely love love it and I can't wait to try such a cool idea, I can never seem to find cool wedding dresses like you do, I will continue to look..your Ms. Witch is simply amazing...love it...Phyllis

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  6. Love that whole idea! She is a good witch!

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  7. WOW!! This is awesome! I love witches at Halloween! Great job!

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  8. Hi Penny, what an awesome witch. Your romantic fall home is gorgeous.
    Hugs!

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  9. She looks amazing! I can't wait to give this a try. By the way your home is amazing!

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  10. wow, great idea. Thanks for sharing with us at our Thursdays Favorite Things Blog Hop.
    Angel

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  11. I've been searching for a dress like this to dye for a witch costume! Just love it!

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  12. Love it! You are very creative. I bet the kids love to stop by your house at Halloween. I'm going to give this a try!

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  13. Wow! What does her face look like ;) ??

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  14. Oh what a fabulous witchy Penny! I have plans to dress my mannequin but haven't started yet. Love, love the black gown! That doll head is so spooky! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  15. Oh, Penny! She's wonderful! Amazing transformation on the dress...it's so eery now. Love her shoes, too. You must have had a great time putting her together.

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  16. I'm crazy about witches Penny! I have a big collection and every year a bring up a few for Halloween and some stay up all year long. I love yours but I think my hubs will put a stop to one almost my size...LOL...she is beautiful though...what a great idea!

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  17. Such a pretty witch!! Love the dress, it turned out so pretty!! :) Happy weekend! xo Holly

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  18. Oh my goodness, Penny. This is so cool! But it would totally make me jump when I walked into the room! Your post was one of the top three most viewed from last week's Home{work} Wednesday and will be featured on our blogs on Tuesday morning. Thank you for linking up!

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  19. You amaze me! This is such a fantastic, almost romantic witch! Beautiful, inspired use of a bridal gown! I will be featuring your post in this week's Home and Garden Thursday, I appreciate you sharing,
    Kathy

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  20. Penny,
    I am finally playing catch up!! I am at work..... I love this idea!! So cute!! I am really bummed out that I am not going to decorate for Fall or Halloween but it would just be way too much....
    I finished unpacking the last box of things from the downstairs at 4pm on Monday , laid down for a short time and then went to work!!!

    Hugs,
    Deb

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  21. Really amazing and such fun for Halloween.

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  22. You are so creative! My grandkiddos would LOVE this!!

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  23. oh my goodness she is just TOO scary and real looking, lol!!!! :)

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  24. This is one of the most original Halloween decorating ideas I've seen in a while! Thanks for sharing this at last week's Pin Junkie Link Party! It was featured this week. I hope you'll stop by to grab your "I was featured" button! http://www.thepinjunkie.com/2013/10/friday-link-party-37.html

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  25. Congratulations! This awesome witch was chosen from over 100 links in The Blog Strut to be featured! If you'd like, stop on by and pick up your featured button and link up again!

    The Blog Strut

    Amber

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  26. Love this witch!! I featured you today on my Spooktacular Halloween Linky Round-up! Thanks so much for sharing on Made in a Day! The Linky is open all month so if you have any more Halloween posts be sure to stop and link them up!
    Kim

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